Parish News

Click here to view the Parish Calendar for a full listing of events!

The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Pauline and Montgomery Johnston from their grateful children: Joe and Laura Johnston, and Jane and Steve Harb.

General Community News

Stewardship Campaign Champagne Reception // Today, Parish Hall, after 11:15 am service // The Stewardship Committee invites the entire parish to a champagne reception in the parish hall after the 11:15 am service today.

Blessing of the Animals // October 1, 4:00 pm // The annual Blessing of the Animals service will return on Sunday, October 1. Bring your pets, small and large, furry or scale-ly, to be blessed by our clergy and to participate in a brief service celebrating God’s creation.

Parish Supper Menu // The scrumptious dinners continue this week with: thin-cut BBQ pork chops, mashed potatoes, green beans with shallots, mixed greens salad with apples, cranberries, and feta cheese, multi-grain bread, and…drum roll…brownies with salted pecan-caramel sauce. Dinner is $10/adult, $5/child, and $25/max per family. Sign-up at the parish office reception counter, or email

Spiritual Gifts and Talents Workshop // Gifts, the very word brings to mind the thrill, the joy of receiving, as seen in a child at Christmas. We will share this thrill and joy not with our Christmas presents but with our Christ-presents, the special life-changing gifts given to each of us by the Holy Spirit. This workshop will help you discover your own gifts, learn and affirm the gifts of others and find ways to use your gifts to the glory of God. A sign-up sheet is located on the office counter, sign-up deadline is Sunday, October 1st. Email Pat Bolan at for more information or to sign-up.

Ascension is reinvigorating the Psalm 139 Ministry (Newborn Ministry)! // The ministry provides meals to families who have just welcomed an infant through birth, adoption, or other circumstances. These meals offer reassurance and comfort in an otherwise frantic and unnerving time! The ministry operates off an easy-to-use website and allows you to pick a convenient date/time to bring a meal (home-made or purchased) to the family. By signing up to volunteer in this ministry, you are only agreeing to receive emails and not obligated to participate in requests. Please contact Leah McClanahan,, or 865-661-5505, if you are interested in joining.

Stephen Minister Recruitment is Open and Forms are Available! // Stephen Ministry is currently recruiting members for a new class scheduled to begin in January 2018.  Applications and  additional  information and instructions can be picked up at church at the front entry bulletin board or from the communication table located by the parish offices. Completed applications are due by October 6th.  To become a Stephen Minister, an applicant must complete the 50-hour training course that begins in January and concludes in May. If you have questions, you may talk with any clergy who can connect you with a Stephen Leader.

Youth and Children News

Supper and Smart Talks // Wednesday, September 27 // The Supper and SMART Talks continue this Wednesday. Betsy Tant, Executive Director of Henry’s Fund will speak on the drug issues surrounding East Tennessee. Call the church office to sing up for the dinner, 588-0589. The FREE talk begins around 6:20pm. You don’t have to attend the dinner to come to the talk. Please RSVP for the dinner by visiting the parish office or emailing RSVP for childcare at

Tween Pumpkin Sale // October 8, between services and after the 11:15 am service // Purchase a pumpkin from the Tweens Youth Group for your fall decor and decorations. Funds raised from the pumpkin sale will go to the Tweens next service project.

Date Night // Date Night is Friday, October 6th from 6:00-9:00pm. Please RSVP to and don’t forget your pizza money!

Outings and Opportunities

Justice Knox Listening Sessions // In 2016, Ascension gathered with twenty other Knoxville congregations to form Justice Knox, a citywide faith and justice ministry. Now, each year, a formal listening process is inaugurated in each congregation to identify community justice issues for which our congregations might advocate. Ascension has scheduled eight listening sessions and would love for you to be part of the process. A maximum of 12 people per session is advisable, so please let us know if you’d like to come. If interested in attending a listening session, please contact Sarah Ringer at

The Annual Hunger Hike is Back! // Sunday, October 1, 2:00 pm, Victor Ashe Park // Get ready to put on your walking shoes and head to Victor Ashe Park to Hike to end Hunger. Registration opens at 2:00 pm and the hike begins at 2:30 pm. Your donations will support FISH Hospitality Pantries in feeding 8,000 families each month. Sponsor sheets are available at the communications counter in the parish office. To get involved, contact Anne Trisler at (865) 765-2170 or

RSVP for the InBetweeners Fall Event! // October 6, 2017 – 6:30-10:00 pm // Join us for the annual In-Betweener event with the Chillbillies at Scott Davis’ barn located at 1515 Ashland Springs off Northshore! Please remember this is an Adult-only event. So, grab your lawn chair, your adult friends, and your party spirit! Food and Beer/Wine Trucks will be on-site to fulfill your cravings (who can say no to BBQ from a Food Truck?), but we need your RSVPs by September 29. Date Night is conveniently that night from 6:00-9:00 pm, so RSVP your kids to and make sure to pick them up by 9:00 pm. Your child will have fun watching films, playing games, and eating a pizza dinner. Have questions or need to RSVP? Email Katie McHargue at

Stewardship 2018

Questions and Answers

Your Stewardship Committee would like to answer any questions you have regarding the 2018 stewardship pledge drive. On Sunday of each week, you will find three or four questions posed in the bulletin. The answers to the questions will appear the following Thursday in The Heavenly Post weekly email, and again in the following Sunday bulletin (for those who don’t read The Heavenly Post). Then three or four more questions will be posed. If you have a question you would like answered, email the Stewardship Committee at

This week’s questions:

What are the expectations for giving at Ascension?

What if my income changes during the year?

Are there benefits to setting up online regular payments?

If you would like to receive The Heavenly Post filled with news about the Ascension community, events, and news in your inbox, email Andrew Morehead at to subscribe.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers:

Ellie Cottrill, Jeff Guilford, Tom Hanaway, Ann and Jim Johnson, The Mast Family,
John McDonald, Ron McPherson, Bill Moore

The Episcopal Church of the Ascension maintains two prayer lists. The first list is for parishioners, staff, and their immediate families, and prayers are offered for these people during Sunday services. Their names can be found on the white prayer board in the office area. Names remain on this list, generally, for three weeks. The second list is called the Supplemental Prayer list and includes additional names as requested by you. The people on the Supplemental Prayer list are prayed for by members of those leading morning and evening prayer. Names will remain on this list as needed for appropriate prayer support.

Ascension Cares – No One Walks Alone

Caring and compassion for fellow parishioners in need is central to our service to God and each other. All of our pastoral care ministries fall under the umbrella of the “Ascension Cares” ministry to ensure that ‘No One Walks Alone’ in times of spiritual or emotional crisis. This is facilitated by pastoral care leaders called shepherds. They see that the pastoral care needs in the community are met with one of Ascension’s many ministries. An email to your Shepherd team will go to the clergy as well.

Team 1 Last Names A-L:

This list is administered by Annette Burton and Bill Perry.

Team 2 Last Names M-Z:

This list is administered by Bettie Corey and Anna Fraser.

To volunteer for a caring ministry,
contact The Rev. Christopher Hogin at